City to hold annual 9/11 ceremony

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Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune | A 16-foot steel beam from the World Trade Center towers, recovered after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, is now on permanent display at the Liberty Garden, located between the Bossier City Fire and Police Departments, in memory of those whose lives were lost that tragic day in 2001.

Bossier City’s annual memorial ceremony in remembrance of victims in the 9/11 terror attacks will take place Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the Liberty Garden, located at the Bossier City Municipal Complex, 620 Benton Road. The public is invited to attend.

The City of Bossier City and Keep Bossier Beautiful hold the annual 9-11

Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune
Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune

Remembrance Ceremony to honor the thousands of innocent people whose lives were lost that tragic day. This year’s ceremony will feature the dedication of an artifact recovered from Ground Zero in New York City that arrived in Bossier over the summer.

A 16-foot steel beam from the World Trade Center towers, recovered after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, will be on permanent display at the Liberty Garden, located between the Bossier City Fire and Police Departments, in memory of those whose lives were lost that tragic day in 2001.

Efforts to acquire the 9/11 artifact began nearly four years ago when local businessman and Keep Bossier Beautiful President Tom Lawson was in Indiana and saw “Project Indianapolis,” a memorial comprised of twisted pieces of metal from the Twin Towers.

“It moved me. I felt the energy when I walked up to those beams,” Lawson previously told the Press-Tribune. “It brought me back to that day. Everybody I know remembers that day and what they were doing. I felt we needed it for our 9/11 memorial in Bossier City. It will be a most appropriate addition.”

The beam will be officially dedicated by Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker, who will serve as the master of ceremonies. Key note speaker will be Gen. Robin Rand, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base.

This event wouldn’t be possible without the City of Bossier City, Calumet Specialty Services, Advanced Air Conditioning and Heating, Keep Bossier Beautiful, the Bossier Civic Center, and the Louisiana Youth Challenge at Camp Minden. Special thanks to the service men and women and all first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect the citizens of America.